Buffalo's Don Patterson has been appointed to the New York State Athletic Commission.
Patterson, the longtime boxing coordinator at Northwest Buffalo Community Center and the New York State Golden Gloves Tournament president, was one of three governor's appointments confirmed by the state senate to positions on athletic commission. The others were world-renowned neurosurgeon Philip Stieg from New York City and Long Island physician James Vosswinkel.
The commission oversees all contests and exhibitions of unarmed combat in the state. That includes granting licenses and supervising promoters, boxers, professional wrestlers and mixed martial arts combatants.
"I'm honored that I was nominated by the governor and appointed by the senate to be a part of the commission to continue to make the sport as safe as possible and to continue to make the sport exciting for the fans," said Patterson, who is the director of the Upward Bound Program at Buffalo State. "I'm looking forward to working with the executive director and board to continue making boxing a viable sport in New York State and to maintain the integrity and fairness of boxers and all involved."
Patterson said he will remain president of the state Golden Gloves.